Crops & Precision Agriculture

Our row crop operation of corn, soybeans and wheat strives to be a leader in innovation, quality and profitability. We are quick to adapt to proven technology that helps productivity such as crop sensing, variable rate application of manure, fertilizing, seeding and combining multiple practices, such as auto steer, to make multiple passes more efficiently.

We strive to split nitrogen application at least twice in corn and wheat production to better utilize our nutrients and minimize chances for runoff and leaching. We also apply fertilizer based on grid samples and removal from previous year’s production so that we can maintain optimum fertility levels in our soils, without overapplying.

All steps from planting to marketing in our row crop operation are scrutinized to make sure that it makes sense logically and profitably. Traditions tend to die hard but we feel that those who look forward to the future and adapt new practices will be here for many years to come.

We are working toward better soil health in terms of biological activity through the use of minimum tillage, vertical tillage and no till practices to promote soil tilth, organic matter and better residue management.

Cover crops are also used on a few acres to help build organic matter, provide winter forage for cattle and promote better tilth in the soil.

In summary our goal is to use the latest tools to minimize our environmental footprint while maintaining maximum profitability per acre.

Livestock

Our Angus and commercial cows provide the foundation for quality genetics, carcasses and health. We feel that Angus-based genetics provide us with the qualities that we strive for when we harvest our calf crop. We consistently achieve carcass results that come back higher than the industry average.

Our calves are ready to market at 15-16 months of age if not sooner. We also place a huge emphasis on a good vaccination program for our cows and calves to help herd health and we pay close attention to reproductive efficiency in terms of number of days to breed back and produce a calf, as we strive for every cow to produce one calf at weaning each year.

Recently we reworked our cattle feeding facility to provide better comfort for animals and to allow recycling of all waste generated on our cropland. The biggest obstacles that cattle feeders face in Missouri are heat, humidity and mud, so this was our solution to the problem, with cattle comfort at the forefront of the design process.

Another advantage to feeding our own cattle in addition to other cattle that we purchase, is our ability to use by-products, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), that are produced by the many bio-fuel and other processing plants located in our area and value adding to some of our corn production.